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Poster: Diana Hamilton Date: Jan 15, 2006 9:41pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Are movie trailers PD?

Addendum: Okay, I think I answered my own questions by looking at the Special Codes for entry one: 4/X/L
4 = motion pictures, filmstrips, commercials, newscasts
X = Motion picture, sound track, filmstrips; also used when the claim covers both cinematography and music or cinematography and choreography, etc.
L = Commercial prints and labels, including record jackets, packaging for merchandise, advertisements (only for records added from Jan. 1978 through June 1983)

So, presumably, the trailer falls into the L category.

Does this indicate, then, for a film pre-1978 which is copyrighted, their trailers would be PD?


Well, what's the difference between "commercials" (in 4) and "advertisements" (in L)? Looking at the rest of 4 vs L, I'm guessing 4 is moving images (like, a trailer) and L is for printed matter (like, a news or magazine ad). So a trailer would seem to be covered under 4?

Complicated stuff!

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Poster: Geonsey Date: Jan 16, 2006 9:22am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Are movie trailers PD?

I would think that commercials are films on their own, since they are not derivatives of any other commercial, whereas trailers are derivatives of the films which they belong.

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Poster: Diana Hamilton Date: Jan 16, 2006 9:16pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Are movie trailers PD?

Trailers *are* commercials though, aren't they? How confusing if not!

This post was modified by Diana Hamilton on 2006-01-17 05:16:15